TVLine Items: HBO Renews Gervais, Modern Family Goes Gaga, and Other News to Know

More Ricky Gervais is always a good thing, and HBO is delivering exactly that.

The cable giant announced Friday that The Ricky Gervais Show has been renewed for a third season. The animated comedy series, which showcases Gervais and Co.’s beloved podcasts, is currently in the midst of its second season, with the finale set to air Friday, April 15.

Ready for more TV dish? Well…

• Everyone’s Gaga for the Mother Monster! Jesse Tyler Ferguson revealed on Live With Regis and Kelly that Modern Family is doing an episode “where Mitchell wants to go to the Lady Gaga concert. Cameron is supposed to go with me, but he’s sick in bed [and] expecting me to stay home and take care of him. So I kind of maybe drug him a little bit so I can sneak out and go to the concert.”

• A Today show rep has denied reports that longtime cohost Matt Lauer is demanding a $25 million salary, in a statement cited by Further, an NBC insider told rumor-originator TMZ that the network currently is “NOT in any negotiations with Matt… as he is under contract for a long time.”

• Bravo has announced the cancellation of The Real Housewives of D.C, though the split seems to be amicable. “We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise,” network exec Andy Cohen told the Washington Post. “I wish all our DC Wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity.”

• Simon Cowell says that Black Eyed Peas front woman Fergie is in the running to be an X Factor judge. As of now, the only confirmed member of the panel is music producer L.A. Reid.

• Annabeth Gish (Mystic Pizza) will play therapist to the Pretty Little Liars gals when the ABC Family series returns in June, says PopWrap.

• If the How I Met Your Mother reruns currently airing on Lifetime aren’t enough for you, good news: The Hollywood Reporter says FX has also nabbed the rights to the CBS sitcom’s repeats, to start airing in September.

• The NFL may be facing a dreaded lockout, but that doesn’t mean FX’s The League won’t move ahead as planned. Executive producers Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton told The Comic’s Comic that the guys may just have to go cold turkey — or do “fantasy something else” this fall. Any suggestions?

• Lifetime will air a Drop Dead Diva mini-marathon this Friday, April 8, starting at 8/7c, starting with the pilot episode.

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  1. Kristen says:

    LOL forever at Annabeth Gish’s ‘work she’s known for’ being Mystic Pizza and not X-Files. Made me laugh.

  2. MST3K says:

    A lockout on the League might be the best thing to possibly come out of the actual lockout. That storyline on that show would be priceless.

  3. Jenn says:

    I was so excited about X-Factor until I read that Fergie is in the running as a judge. NO! That Cherry Dr. Pepper commercial, her idiotic husband, superbowl performance, etc are all reasons she should not be. Please find someone that has common sense!

    • Bob says:

      I agree. Personally, I think they’ve replaced the real Fergie. That person fronting BEP looks nothing like the Fergie of six months ago. I think the real Fergie is in rehab somewhere (allegedly).

  4. anna says:

    That little tidbit for Modern Family sounds awesome!

    • Not Daniel says:

      When Eric Stonestreet was on the Ellen DeGeneres show last week, they showed a clip of a blooper from that episode, and it was hysterical!